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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS LENS!,
This review is from: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Camera)This lens is Awesome...if you know how to use it. This is the second time I've bought this lens. I've had all versions of the 50mm, f/1.8, f/1.4 twice, and f/1.2L twice. The 1.2 version is in a class of it's own! I shoot with a 1D Mark III and had to micro adjust the lens +9. Now I can shoot wide open at f/1.2 all day long and get sharp pictures. There is no way I could do that with the f/1.4 version. Even after microadjusting it I would still get very bad focus shifts.
Manual focus on the f1.4 is very difficult due to the play on the outside focus ring. You need to turn it 1 or 2mm before the lens would actually focus. Not with the f1.2 version. When you turn the focus ring it will react instantly, no lag. It's a pleasure to manual focus.
I have a 24-70mm f/2.8L, 17-40mm f/4L, and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. They are now collecting dust on my desk. The 50mm has not left my Mark III since I calibrated it. It's so small (compared to my other lenses) I can carry it everywhere. The f/1.2 allows me to shoot pretty much anywhere I want so I don't even need to carry a flash. This thing can see in the dark!
So if you're deciding between the f/1.4 or the f/1.2, just go borrow or rent the lens and try it out first. Online reviews don't mean anything. Shoot with it for a week and you'll be hooked. Hands down my favorite lens! If I had to pick one lens to cover my weddings it would be the Canon 50mm f/1.2L!!!
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2010 6:39:15 PM PST
The Meltdownman says:
I am new to photography and noticed that you were able to "calibrate" your lens by +9. Could you explain more about this "tweak" of +9 that you did and can you apply this same tweak to other types of lenses? Thanks in advance. The Meltdownman
Posted on Jul 24, 2011 6:19:37 PM PDT
T S says:
is this a good general lens to add to the Canon EOS T2i or T3I body? thanks for your review.
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